On Altering Architecture

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On Altering Architecture explores the alternative to the sequence of demolition and new building that makes up the usual practices of architecture. Bringing together ideas of what might constitute a theory of interior, or interventional, design, Fred Scott fills a wide gap in the literature covering the evolution of interior space.

This new text examines the craft of altering buildings, reconsidering established ideas and practices. The masterworks of interventional design found...

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Overview

On Altering Architecture explores the alternative to the sequence of demolition and new building that makes up the usual practices of architecture. Bringing together ideas of what might constitute a theory of interior, or interventional, design, Fred Scott fills a wide gap in the literature covering the evolution of interior space.

This new text examines the craft of altering buildings, reconsidering established ideas and practices. The masterworks of interventional design found in architectural history are compared and contrasted in a compelling way, in order to show how theory might be derived from previous practice. Extending the ideas of Viollet-le-Duc in particular, via Structuralism, this book aims to outline the criteria for an art of intervention and change.

Beginning with a rehearsal of the arguments for works of architecture remaining unaltered and sacrosanct versus the case for alteration, the philosophy of conservation, preservation and restoration is also introduced. Exploring the many social and political issues involved, the scale of change is analysed, suggesting that processes applied to the individual building can be echoed at the neighbourhood and city scale.

Of interest to those in professions of architecture and interiors, town planners, and students in architecture and art schools, On Altering Architecture forms a body of thought that can be aligned and compared with architectural theory.

About the Author:
Fred Scott is Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and was previously course leader for Interior Design at Kingston University, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415317511
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 15.80 (w) x 21.60 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Scott has been Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and was previously course leader for Interior Design at Kingston University, London.

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Table of Contents

List of figures     vii
Acknowledgements     xiii
Preface     xv
Unchanging architecture and the case for alteration     1
The literate and the vernacular     20
Restoration, preservation and alteration     44
Parody and other views     62
Parallels to alteration     75
Degrees of alteration     92
Stripping back     107
The process of intervention     116
Prohibitions and difficulties     143
Some resolutions     167
The wider context     184
Unfinished     210
Index     216

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